Michael Schumacher makes his first racing appearance at Monaco this weekend since the notorious controversy he caused there in 2006.
Schumacher tried to hold on to pole position in qualifying that year by parking his car at the exit of Rascasse corner, preventing other drivers from improving their time. The stewards saw through the ruse and sent him to the back of the grid.
He has never explained his actions and became hostile when asked for an explanation by the media at Monaco today.
According to Adam Cooper Schumacher turned on the press when asked if the incident was a low point in his career:
You made it – some of you guys. I mean, let’s look forward and not backwards. [...]
I mean you can keep trying absolutely, but we’re not talking about 2006 any more. There’s enough said I don’t feel that I need to go any deeper into it…
Schumacher may not feel the need to explain himself. But his refusal to do so shows his utter contempt for press and fans alike who recognised his move for the blatant act of cheating it was. As the stewards said at the time:
The stewards can find no justifiable reason for the driver to have braked with such undue, excessive and unusual pressure at this part of the circuit, and are therefore left with no alternatives but to conclude that the driver deliberately stopped his car on the circuit in the last few minutes of qualifying, at a time at which he had thus far set the fastest lap time.
As long as Schumacher persists in his denial he will continue to face uncomfortable questions from the media. Weighed against that, would an admission of guilt be that hard to swallow?
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